After the furore of the Green Brigade statement and banner this morning, Neil Lennon addressed the issue today at his press conference by, well, not addressing it.
As Celtic prepare for their Europa League match against Sparta Prague, the Celtic boss was asked about the banner and his reply was simple,
“It is disappointing but fans are entitled to voice their opinion. Whether I agree with it or not is irrelevant, they have put it out there. It’s something that I am not really going to engage with. I’ve got a job to do here and I think I’ve done it pretty well since I came back in”.
Although Lennon agrees that the performances are not good enough and that he is not happy at how things are going at the moment, he insists that he has the backing of the board and that he speaks with Peter Lawwell daily.
“I speak to Peter every day. He is very, very supportive, as he is with the players and my backroom team as well.
“So it is as you are, let’s get improvement, let’s get some wins, let’s play the type of football we know we are capable of, which we showed in the last 20 minutes at Easter Road, and we will be absolutely OK.”
Lennon’s seemingly calmness about the whole saga suggests that he is safe in the job for the moment and that he has the backing of the board, but he knows that results must pick up and pick up soon, starting tomorrow night in Prague.
Celtic have a hectic December schedule coming up, including a Scottish Cup Final against Hearts where he could become only the fourth manager in Celtic’s history to lift a domestic treble.